16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, visit Akihabara, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lisbon to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Kyoto

— 5 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Osaka

— 4 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotokuji Temple, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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